#16. Nas & Large Professor/50 Cent's Gun (Mass Appeal, 2002)

Issue: #18 (2002)
Art Direction: Adrian Moeller
Photography: Piotr Sikora

The specter of Illmatic's acclaim has hovered over Nas for the entirety of his career. Eight years after its release Mass Appeal followed Nasir and the album's main architect, Large Professor, down to Orlando, FL, where they were recording God's Son, and sat the once estranged partners down for their only interview together.

For the cover image photographer Piotr Sikora took the duo into the streets of Orlando and captured them in the dining room of a random hospitable couple. A few years later Scratch would revisit the premise teaming Nas and DJ Premier for a significantly less aesthetically pleasing, but nonetheless exciting cover.

The flip of the magazine featured a single .38 Special. Although the accompanying 50 Cent feature was presented under the premise that he was critiquing random guns commonly found in the hood, the twist here was supposedly all the firearms used for the photo shoot were straight from the G-Unit stash.